McAfee Names Most Dangerous Celebrity Searches Likely to Infect Your Computer

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Do you know who Lily Collins is? Neither did we, but don’t search the Internet to find out! That’s because McAfee, the Internet security software company, has determined that in 2013, searches for Lily Collins were the #1 celebrity searches most likely to cause your computer to be infected with a virus or other malware. In other words, Collins, who, it turns out, is the daughter of rocker Phil Collins, the lead actess in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and recently was on People’s World’s Most Beautiful Women list, is the most dangerous celebrity for whom to search right now.

That’s because, with all of her credentials, the bad guys know that a lot of people will be searching for Lily Collins, so hiding malware payloads inside images, videos, and even text, will snag a lot of downloads for their viruses, worms, and trojan horses.

The top 5 most dangerous celebrities to search for, in addition to Lily Collins, include Sandra Bullock, Kathy Griffin, Avril Lavigne, and Zoe Saldana.


According to McAfee, if you search for images or other downloads of Ms. Collins, “you have about a 14.5% chance of landing on a page that tested positive for spam, adware, spyware, viruses, or other malware.”

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Put another way, nearly 1 out of every 7 sites that are turned up in an Internet search for images and videos, and such, of Lily Collins contain malicious content.

McAfee also declared that “women are more dangerous than men”, referring to the fact that only one man – Mad Men actor Jon Hamm – made the list of top ten most dangerous celebrity searches.


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